Golem by Lorenzo Ceccotti
Published by Roca Editorial on August 31, 2016
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Pages: 280 : Paperback edition
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review
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Set in post-Eurozone Italy, entrenched in a bizarre form of hyper-capitalism, GOLEM follows a young boy kidnapped during a political protest gone sour, who learns that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself. This wildly imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti.
Admittedly, I flew through the first 200 pages of this in a single day and after finishing up the last 80 I sort of regretted it because it flew by almost too fast and then the ending felt so rushed. The final battle was only a couple pages and I was left wanting more explanations for what had happened and what was going to happen after the book ended.
Additionally, I don’t think I fully understood everything that was happening in the world because there wasn’t a ton of background given to us. I do think there is a good story here, but it just seems like something that we’ve seen so many times again and again.
What really saved this for me and what caused me to give it more than just two stars was the art work. It’s really phenomenal and compelling to look at. Story aside, it’s a beautiful piece of work because of the vibrant colors that clash with the dark imagery. Really exceptional.
I would say give this a try if you’re having a thirst for some dystopian graphic novels, but don’t spend a lot of money in doing so.